I read quite a bit of the comments and there is too many things to quote. Spending less and less time on a desktop computer really shifted me away from the forum. Also as it exploded with new users I didn’t know and didn’t want to try and relate to by spending time in the same space as them. 12oz at his height held real writers and real folks that were relatable. Some were writers some were just graffiti fans or normal people drawn to the channel zero forum in some way. Social media has not only changed the aspect of relationships it has also quickly dismantled culture. David Chang had the most relevant quote on Ugly Delicious that I couldn’t ever conceive of, he said this “what I don’t like about the exchange of information is, I think that the removal of struggle to get that information creates bad cooking, I think that cooks know more than ever before, but, because it was so easy for them to obtain it’s not special.” Now you can apply that to graffiti, tattooing, cooking, any subculture. And that’s not even what it does to relationships. When MySpace and Facebook crossed over I noticed this change of relationships, I noticed people I knew that didn’t know each other started becoming friends. I thought it was so bizarre for the longest time, now it’s the new normal maybe. What I think that does to people is it stretches your friend group from 10 people to say 50 people, now you loose your closeness and strength of the relationship to the 10 people and it’s spread thin to a larger group of people, or it allows you to move your loyalty around. Over all this is not good for people and I think it builds an ungrounded and unsteady foundation. I was looking at my amazon wishlist that I add a lot of books to and come back to when I need a new book and I saw this one yesterday in my wishlist, then started reading this thread later in the day. I havnt read this book yet but for some reason I think it relates heavily to these topics. I constantly have rabbit holes of thoughts based around social media and our society, something I deemed “public school thoughts” once when I was really fuckin stoned. Because I felt they were thoughts that a public school system teaches you to not ever think about. The last one I came up with was this “You put down the sword for a twig when you think you’re a modern day wizard.” What this meant to me at the time when I was super stoned was that, people are forgetting what the important tools are to battle with be it books, family, friends, nature, and people discard these things that are important tools for a twig. Something that will snap under pressure, you want the twig when you think you’re a modern day wizard. A modern day wizard is someone who thinks they have the answer, someone who is quick to use their words (spellcasting), and the main tool of a modern day wizard is a crystal screen (ball) where they receive all the answers. Everyone can’t be a wizard. To quote Edo G “too many captains and not enough soldiers.”
I can ramble on forever about this shit, especially the dismantling of culture, and the Subversive rebuilding of culture by corporations.